Walls of Fire (1971)

Genres - Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Art History, Biography, Graphic & Applied Arts  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Mexico, USA  |  
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Great Mexican murals, their artists and history are the subjects here. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban, this documentary examines Mexico's great tradition of mural painting: "walls that speak," or "walls of fire." Among the works examined are those by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The bulk of the film is devoted to the life and work of Siqueiros, who was 74 at the time the film was made. Of interest is an extremely rapid portrait Siqueiros made of Russian poet Eugeni Yevtushenko during a visit the poet made to the artist's studio.



artist, career-retrospective, Mexican [nationality], murals, painting, tradition